Thursday, February 01, 2007

Really getting nervous here...

For some of my "faithful readers" this is old news, and for the rest it is a confession of sorts....

You all know that I have Celiac, and was diagnosed in July of 2005. I carry the classic symptoms of malabsorbtion, intestinal discomfort, stomach aches and weight loss. I also carry a relatively rare symptom, one that not a lot of Celiac's have. Lucky me. I have Enamel Hypoplasy. Which means that the enamel on my teeth is eroding, my teeth are rotting, and becoming brittle and cracking. Last year alone, I underwent four root canals, and many hours of rebuilding the front ones to cover the cracks and chips. They are literally beyond repair now...

I have had two specialists come from Vancouver and UBC, both under the same conclusion. This ties in with the Dentist that I have been seeing here, the mass decay that has happened in less than 18 months, and the fact that I am in need of 14 root canals now. Yep, you read that right, not a typo.

I have an appointment on February 7th with an oral surgeon. He will assess my situation, and plan on a date to have all of them taken out. All. Every last one. Finito. Adieu pain. Oh, how forgetful of me, yep, I have mass pain in my mouth, down to eating soft foods, and practically every day a small piece of tooth breaks off again.....

I am picking "my new chompers" out of a magazine. They will not be veneers, as the decay would not support posts and veneers. Plus - have you checked out the price of that? Wow, I was shocked.... They will be dentures, but, the 2007 version of them, not your grandparent's version of them. I will leave the oral surgeon's office (date still unknown) sans teeth of my own, but with my new ones in place. I will never go a day without teeth. As gross as that sounds, I laid down the law and said that this is traumatic enough for me and my family, that I cannot go around for 7-14 days with only gums. Very sore, bleeding, stitched up gums mind you, but the dentures will act as a pressure band-aid, and they treat the liners with a clotting agent, so that will help.

But, I am very nervous. I have had these teeth all my adult life. They are a part of me, even though they are a huge pain, they are affecting my self esteem, my eating, my ability to be social, and I am on pain killers for the decay....they are mine. Now I have to get used to a prosthetic, my smile will change (not that I like smiling now...) my speech will change, and not to mention I will probably look like a grotesque monster all swollen and sore for about 3 weeks....

I have to do something though....and this is it. I am asking that everyone send positive thoughts, warm fuzzies and think of me on the 7th....date for extraction to be determined then...

10 comments:

the queen said...

I knew it was bad, but had no idea it was that bad. So sorry. Sending tons of warm fuzzies and warm wishes your way.

Lynn Barry said...

MEESH!
Oh my GOD! I had to read this blog twice, I could not believe it the first time through. I am so sad to read about how much you have been suffering. It is not much help to say that it looks like better days are ahead, but it appears that they are, it is just hard to focus on that now.
I remember when hubby and I ran our mom and pop diner for three years and had many regular customers, and one lady who was about 60 had such lovely teeth that I admired them every time I poured her coffee. I commented one day about her lovely teeth and she took her finger and tapped on them with her nail and said, "Thanks, but they aren't mine." She laughed and told me she lost hers early and had to have false teeth. She went about drinking her coffee and eating her breakfast and I still admired her teeth. I never forgot that, especially how she laughed and tapped them and admitted they weren't hers so easily. I don't know if this little story means a thing, but I felt the nudge to share it with you.
I have had several root canals and one tooth pulled and I know dental work sucks...so on to better days MEESH and one day you might be complimented on your "beautiful teeth" and you can tell them they aren't yours OR you can smile, and simply say, "THANK YOU!"
HUGS and LOVE...prayers too.:)
Lynn

Meesh said...

Thank you Lynn - your comment made me smile, which does not happen very often!

I know that this is a pain that will soon be gone, and that I can focus on bigger and better things - my kids, my soon-to-be-hubby, my friends, and MY LIFE.

PS - I heard a song from your son's band. NAVAR, they are VERY good! YOu must be so proud..

Jen said...

(((HUGE HUGS)) Let me know PLEASE if you need any help whilst you are recovering OK? I could take Quinners for a day here and there if you would be into that? Or even take her to the park...let me know. One day and one coffee at a time babe.

Jen said...

OH! I almost forgot. ARNICA (homeopathically) will really help with the healing process.

LKW said...

Totally sucks, yes. But think of how wonderful it's going to be! A big, beautiful new smile. You won't ever have to worry about root canals and cavities again. It's like braces...painful and annoying but worth the end result. We'll be thinking of you and hoping for a quick recovery.

Lynn Barry said...

Meesh,
I am glad I could make you smile. Go to www.lynnbarry.com and click on poetry and see what I am up to there...I think it might make you smile again. HA!
I make a nightly smoothie type drink I want to share with you. Obviously you will be drinking through a straw for a while.
I put 2 cups of rice milk in my blender, add 2 teaspoons of sugar, 1 teaspoon of carob, teaspoon of vanilla, and seven ice cubes. Blend and then enjoy.
I'm thinking of you, Meesh...did you write soon-to-be husband? Cool, congrats. :)

Mike Eberhart said...

Meesh, I feel so bad for you. I sympathize. And, my gosh... I absolutely hate dentists, and the thought of going through what you have makes me nearly pass out! I wish you strength and the best possible outcome!

Sherri said...

OMG how awful for you Michelle, Sorry I have not been commenting on your blog but with this new beta blog thing I have not been able to sign in. My dad had to have all his top teeth extracted last summer because of gum disease and I know what he went through. I feel for you!!! (hugs). Hope the girls are doing great! Take care. Sherri

Melanie said...

I'm sorry Michelle. I didn't know it was this bad.

I will be thinking about you and praying for a quick and easy healing process.

Sending LOTS of warm fuzzies your way.(((hugs)))